Flyers snap ten-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights
The losing streak is finally over. After ten severely disappointing games the Flyers’ managed to come away with two points on the road against the Vegas Golden Knights. Carter Hart put together a masterclass of a performance and suddenly Philadelphia might have some confidence going into Arizona tomorrow.
- Carter Hart had a classic game tonight. 41 saves on 44 shots and he’s 6-0-0 in games he faces 40+
- Giroux passed Bobby Clarke as the franchise leading powerplay producer tonight with 334 points. Congrats G.
- How about that game saving block by Rasmus Ristolainen? That’s the kind of heart that’s been missing from this team.
- Kevin Hayes has actually had quite a productive return since his injury.
- Couturier and JVR breaking through finally was awesome especially on the powerplay
- Max Willman with a hard working first NHL goal. Always love seeing those first goal celebrations.
- Special teams finally won us a game. PK went 5/6 and the one goal allowed was with the goalie pulled. 2 PPGs made the difference as well.
The Flyers’ starting lineup:
New lines/pairs at Flyers morning skate in Vegas— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) December 10, 2021
Seeler and Cates are extras.
Coming into this game everybody’s expectations were low and reasonably so. T-Mobile arena is a hard building to play in on a good night and the Golden Knights have a deep squad. Getting the first goal was incredibly important.
Kevin Hayes picked up a rebound while crashing the net and buried a backhand chance 4 minutes in.
Hayes pots his second of the season pic.twitter.com/KaZQPD3WCX— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) December 11, 2021
Compared to previous games this start was pleasant surprise. JVR took a couple penalties in the first and Vegas definitely got their looks, but I felt more confidence in the Flyers’ after that goal.
Vegas tied the match at 1 at the tail end of the first and the Flyers followed that up with Max Willman’s first NHL goal early in the second. Awesome moment and celebration for Max.
MAX. FUCKING. WILLMAN.— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) December 11, 2021
2-1! BABY! pic.twitter.com/gu8ZujnRxW
This is when the Golden Knights started to turn on the burners. They finished the second period with a 16-8 shot advantage and Max Pacioretty got the tying marker with 1:30 left in the 2nd.
I’ll admit going into the third period tied with Vegas almost felt like an inevitable loss, it was clear they were going to need a spark they had not been getting previously. Here came the powerplay production to save the day.
Not only did the Flyers’ bury two power play goals to make it 4-2, those goals came from a Sean Couturier one-timer and a slam dunk from James Van Riemsdyk. Seeing those two players show up in a big spot on the powerplay is quite the welcoming sight.
COOTS. pic.twitter.com/XYTUyOKZ0t— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) December 11, 2021
The Golden Knights made a little scary cutting the lead to 4-3 with only two minutes remaining. Carter Hart put together a masterclass of a performance for the entirety of this game and managed to bring home a deserving win with 41 saves in 44 shots.
There’s never been a better chance to go back on a roll then drawing the Coyotes. 2 consecutive wins could go a long way going forward. I’m still hesitant to be hopeful, but this is a great opportunity to start the claw back.
Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (9PM/NBCSP)
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Flyers